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When the Department of Journalism Studies was established in 1994, we committed to establishing an active research programme focusing on the theory and practice of journalism and news production, and political communication.

Since then our world-class research staff have made the department a leading international centre for research in media and communications.

Click through from the links below to discover more about our research – and, if you're interested in PhD study, how you could become a part of it.

(Please note: we're currently reviewing our research activities and these pages are under redevelopment. New content about our research will appear here in early 2017.)

Our research areas

Staff and students at the Department of Journalism Studies are researching under several key themes. These explore the relationship of journalism and the media with politics and society and history, encompassing freedom of expression, media ethics, regulation and education, data and digital content, and the global nature of journalism.

More about what we do

PhD study

Interested in joining the Sheffield research community to pursue a PhD? Let's discuss your ideas.

Research degrees

REF 2014

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework 100 per cent of our work was rated world-leading or internationally excellent for impact.

Results in detail

Research bulletins

These bulletins offer a quick but comprehensive summary of current activities by our research staff, including publications, presentations and media appearances.

Find out the latest


Ethical practice is fundamental to research in the Department of Journalism Studies.

Policies and guidance

Research institutes

CFOM logoCentre for Freedom of the Media

CFOM is an interdisciplinary research centre working on media freedom and safety. The centre works internationally with partners including the United Nations to inform and advise governments, policymakers and stakeholders on threats to media freedom and uphold standards of journalism safety worldwide.

CFOM website

Etching of an early newspaper sellerCentre for the Study of Journalism and History

Established in 2009, the centre provides a forum for interdisciplinary research on journalism and history. Its projects and events explore the use of journalism as a source for understanding the past, and aim to develop methodologies for exploiting digital archives of media content.

Centre for the Study of Journalism and History website